Jesus is Our Hope

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We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3

What makes Jesus so great?
Is it solely because He is a King and He is Lord of all? Maybe Jesus is great because He can heal the sick and perform great miracles. All of those things are tremendous and well worth mentioning. But if I were to summarize what makes Jesus great, it would be one word—Hope. He offers hope. And hope, for times such as these, means everything in our world today.

Although I am a pastor, I really don’t like being too “preachy,” that’s just not my style. I’d much prefer conversations face to face. I like connecting heart to heart. I prefer gathering around a matter that means a lot to you. I’m much more into the personal approach. With that said, I really have to be honest with you and risk it all. It’s way too important not to broach this subject with you. 

LEADER-SOURCES

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A few months ago I made a statement in front of our church community as I said goodbye to my 18 year friend, co-leader and confidant, Rory Tongg. It was a statement which stayed with me for 48 hours, so I knew I needed to think through it some more.

As I held back the tears from flowing in front of the packed house, the words that came out of my mouth were to this effect, “I’ve always felt a bit under resourced, and so when people like Rory and Kathryn (Rory’s wife) become a part of your team it means so much … that’s why it’s hard to say goodbye.” Those were not the exact words, but an accurate summary. However, I struggled with one word I used, the word “resourced.”

HOW LEADERS THINK ABOUT FINISHING IS DIFFERENT THAN FOLLOWERS

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“To finish first you must first finish.”

It doesn’t matter if you’re racing cars, bikes or lawnmowers; to finish first, you must first finish. These are famous racing words for every team, driver and their fans in motorsports. These words also matter in leadership, faith and life.

I’ve discovered there are three phases to finishing, and finishing first. They are:

1) Preparation. 2) Execution. 3) Processing. Below is a series of questions to ask in each phase. I don’t proclaim these to be the only questions to ask, but I’ve found them useful in fielding a racecar, and also useful in leading The Rock Church.

Find Your Voice; It’s Important!

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Have you ever paid attention to the voices around you? I don’t mean the ones in your head, but the sound of those closest to you? Tone of voice is incredible. Like a symphonic harmony, voice can sooth, and like a clanging symbol, voice can rattle. Have you ever considered the effect of your voice?

I think it’s paramount to discover your voice. Will your tone be one of peace or war, resonance or dissonance, helpful or hurtful? It’s becoming clear, in the coming decades, more and more voices will have access to our thinking than ever before.

While people are striving for your attention on social media, through their blog or in the boardroom, I’d encourage you to begin to develop your own voice. To do so will require some consideration on your part. It begins by defining…